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[ cheers and applause ] ts is "nightline." >> tonight, two police officers shot after a legal gun sale that was caught on camera. should the store be held respsible? >> the jury answered this question -- > tonight the potentially game-changing case triumphs and outrage on both sides of the heated gun control controversy. inside homeland. saving the world can seamstressful on the hit show. >> david that chartrt is very important! >> what is wrong with her? >> how far-fetched is it really? tonight with the n new seaso ramping up, emmy-winning costarars clair dance and mandy petankin getting real with the real news. fighting for his life. form nba player lamar odom in a las gas hospital, his estranged wife khloe kardashian at his bedside, as new details
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>> number good evening. with gunontrol front and center at last night's democratic presidential debate, it's clear there's no issue more pressing for many americans. tonight we're taking a close
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look at two controversial cases that could have major implications. the first starting withhhe legal gun sale that led to life-changing consequences for two police officers. they were cops shot in ththe line of duty. >> when did you realize that you didn't have a left eye? >> i felt a lump in my eek. and i'd asked someone if that was my eye. >> reporter: the mental damage perhaps even more severe. >> felt like i didn't deserve t to live anymore. and actually considered committingsuicide. >> reporter: and for a brief moment, their crusade for justice a as the unlikely center the gun control movement raging across the country. >> ryan norberg, graham coonish, versus badger guns, inc. >> reporter: the question, could a gun store be liable for legally selling a gun later used to commit a crime? you're watching the security camera. the man jacob collins is buying
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the gun for julius burton, who at the time wasas 18 and t too young to buy a handgun. >> they're what are called straw purchases meaning where one person is buying it for somebody else. >> reporter: it's a common way guns make their way into the underground market. a month later, burdengets into an altercation with two milwaukee police officers. caught here on tape. he uses the gun to shoot them both in the head. for years laws have hinders victims of gun crimes from suing gun dealers. >> what made this case different, there was a lot of evidence that the guy at the gun shop should have known this wasn't a legitimate purchase. >> reporter: miraculously, they both survived. brian norberg and graham coonich sue the gun dealer badger guns for nenlgth, claiming the store clerk should have recognized the telltale signs of a straw purchase. >> badger guns did not do the job it was required to do when it made that sale.
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if badger guns had done its job on may 2nd then brian and graham would not have been shot on june 9th. >> reporter: the lawsuit claimed badger guns approved the sale despite a number of irregularities, including collins checking the "n"no" box when answering if he was the buyer, then crossing it out and checking "yes." the clerk admitted there was confusion. >> he did have trouble with the written word and the forms. >> reporter: but lawyers for the gun store argued there was no intent to do wrong. >> to believe this you have to believe that my clients cooked up a plan, a plan to unlawfully sell firearms. >> reporter: and the store clerk denied that was his intention. >> the last thing we want to do is put a gun in somebody's hands that has -- that's going to commit a crime, that's going to use it for the wrong purpose. >> the gun collins purchased for you at badger guns was the gun that y used to shoot officers
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norberg and coonich, is that right? >> as i remember, yeah. >> reporter: aft deliberating for nine hours, the jury found the gun store had been negligent. >> was such negligence of badger guns a cause of the injuries? the jury answered this question, yes. >> rorter: brett heaton juarez was the jury federal. >> the strongest piece of evidence for me was the teimony from the oers and sales clerk that they didn't have policies and procedures. by law they were required to follow these steps and they didn't. >> reporter: experts say this case was unusually strong for the plaintiff. in part because this was not the first time badger had sold a weapon used in the commission of a crime. milwaukee authorities say that between 2006 and 2009, more than 1,800 firearms from badger guns were used in crimes. >> got a store with a bad track record, you got victims who are police officers, and you have a
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all three of those things come together. if that can't win, nothing will win. >> reporter: milwaukee's mor was quick to say other dears need to take notice >> they have a responsibility to make sure that individuals who cannot legally possess guns do not get their hands on guns. >> reporter: but it remains to be seen whether this case will actually set new precedent. >> those who are looking for fundamental change where victims of gun violence are going to win lawsuits against gun shops and manufacturers shouldn't count on this case. think would still need a fundamental change in the law, which i don't think is happening any time soon. >> reporter: the verdict announced yesterday touted as a major victory by advocates for gun reform is far from a final victory. badger lawyers are expted to appeal. and the battle over gun safety continues to be front and center in the national conversation. >> i'm a big second amendment person, believe me, the biggest. >> reporter: from campaign stops around the country -- >> if you go someplace where
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people can shoot you, you're probably going to get shot. >> reporter: to last night's democratic debate in las vegas -- >> we have to look at the fact that we lose 90 people a day from gun violence. > reporte here, gun violence took a back seat to this issue of liability. >> sandy and lonny phillips are here from colorado. >> reporter: martin o'mally introducing a couple who took on that fight head-on and lost. >> they were slapped with $200,000 in court fees because of the way that the nra gets its way in our congress and we take a back seat. >> from the moment we got the news, our lives turned upside down. and they've never righted. they've never come back to a norm. >> reporter: sandy and lonny phillips lost their 24-year-old daughter jessica when james holmes unleashed a hail of bullets in a darkened movie eater in aurora, colorado in 2012. >> they left a ve-inch hole in my daughter's face. a five-ih hole.
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that was one of six wounds to my daughter. that's what these bullets do to human flesh. >> reporter: last year the phillips sued the compani that supplied holmes with his deadly ammunition and protectivive body armor. >> it should bother everyone in our country that somebody, anybody, can go online and buy 4,000 rounds of steel-jacketed ammo without any i.d., without any background check. >> reporter: but a judge in denver not only dismissed their case, but made them responsible focovering the online gun dealer's legal fees. >> the judge thought that it was more of a political lawsuit than it was a public health and safety lauit. and we're left to -- with that burden. >> reporter: the philips' financial future is uncertain. t their mission couldn't be clearer. emboldened to fight on by the verdict in milwaukee, and the fact that at the address where badger guns and ammo once stood
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city shoots supp, still open for business, still selling gu. next, clair dance and mandy patenkin take us inside "homeland." secrets of the new season. plus new details about what may have landed former l.a. lakers star lamar odom in the hospital clinging to life tonight. it takes a lot of work... to run this business. but i really love . i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost to get the nutrition that i'm missing boost complete nutritional drink has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones and 10 grams of proteinto help maintain muscle. all with a great taste. i don't plan on slowing down any time soon.
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"homeland" costars clair dance and m mandy patinkin have a hit show and the image to prove it. even when it's pretend saving
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the world can be exhausting. as the flew season ramps up they're with abc chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz talking family life and politics onscreen and off. >> the world is about to end and we're standing around talking! >> reporter: her meltdowns on "homeland" are epic. >> no, david, that chart is very important! it is very meaningful! >> what is wrong with her? >> reporter: claire danes is carrie matheson, the cia of a certificate trying to keep america safe while struggling with bipolar disorder. >> thank god. my green pen is dry! i've asked, four, five, six times for a new one but there's no understanding! >> reporter: to danes' surprise, things seem to be looking up for the "homeland," heroine this season. >> carrie has morphed into a happy person. >> impossible. >> yeah.
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she's just, you know, fully surrendered to domesticity and having a great time with it -- for about fiveminutes. i personally, the person playing her, a little relief at some point. it's -- yeah. i don't know if she'll ever get it, though. >> reporter: the show's fifth season was filmed almost entirely in germany, and danes told me she was eager for it to wrap up so she could be back to her own domesticity. she has a nearly 3-year-old son with actor husband hugh dancecy. >> i get to fall into my domestic bliss. i have one, clair, i have one, i want to get back to it. >> a little closer relationship to your child? >> yes. i lo forward to kicking back in new york and hanging on the playground. >> reporter: danes is no stranger to intense roles. >> why are you like this? >> reporter: her portrayal of
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life" earned her a golden globe. >> wow. i thought it would be good to be natural and spontaneous. but that wasn't a really good idea. >> reporter: and she was just 17 when she starred opposite leonardo dicaprio in "r"romeo and juliet." >> saint dozen not leave. >> reporter: as carrie matheson, danes has won two emmys and nominated for two more her "homeland" costar mandy patink, who plays cia official saul bear ren sen. >> i'm trying to do good work. >> you're not. you're being naivend stupipid. something you never were before. >> i want to ask youbout your relationship with mandy patinkin. you are the longest survivors on the show together. you're literally -- >> literally, yeah. i love mandy so deeply. i'm really annoyed we've been antagonists, estranged from each other. i miss him. >> you want to get back together?
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my genius friend. >> reporter: amidst "homeland's" signature drama patinkin says this affection is not just offseen but is really what the show is all about. >> i've always felt "home land"" for me, for solve bearrensen, is about hope and optimism. he's a man who will never ququit, never die, he will keep fight e gift he feels is the human spirit embodied in carrie matheson. >> reporter: a veteran of stage and screen, patinkin's iconic roles started a long time ag who could forget enigo montoya in "the princess pride"? >> my name is enigo montoya, you killed my father, prepare toto e. >> spectacular. >> reporter: this place far away from hollywood in upstate new york is surrounded b woods andnd water. it's where patinkin has lived
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writer a actress kherine agreeddy grody, the perfect real escape from his emotionally wrenching reality-based series. >> it's exhausting. i don't know how guys like yourselves and anderson cooper, every day. we do these stories that are all about terrorism, fear, terror. man's inhumanity to man. killing people. >> reporter: patinkin, the writers and droursproducers, pay very close attention to real-world events which we have seen up close, from nuclear agreements in iran, tosis in iraq. the show prides itself on making viewers think about both sides of conflict, although patinkin has strong views about foreign policy, opening up to us about his views in a surprising way. >> i hope there's something people learn from "homeland." i hope there's something being taught about when we don't listen, what happens. about when we act o our own arrogance and thinking that
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people make mistakes. fathers mothers people make mistakes holding to their own thinking they're alone honor their mistakes everybody makes >> reporter: this song from "into the woods" points out that even mythical heroes can have flaws. >> you killed my son. in beirut. >> reporter: like solve and carrie on "homeland." >> are we inhuman to human beings? we, the united states, represented by carrie matheson, solve berensen, are we the enemies? who's the eny? >> reporter: man's inhumanity to man is highlighted in the new season's location, berlin. >> data breach. in berlin. >> shuhut itdown, shut it down, shut it down! >> reporter: berlin, especially relevant as the syrian refugee crisis exploded in germany and throughout europe.
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during the beginning of the mass migrant crisis. >> yes, absolutely. i mean, boom. a month later, it's happening to us in very realtime. >> thas a mistake. >> reporter: but as for what's coming next this season? patinkin is as tight-lipped as his cia character would be. >> he's back in the game and the stuff starts hitting the fan right away. then everything gets wovoven into a web of endless varieties of which i can't really tell you very much. >> this is such a great description of nothing. >> yeah, i can't tell you anytng. >> you've told me nothing. >> i might as well be a presidential candidate or a president. >> reporter: martha raddatz for "nigline" in new york. and next, lamar odom's demons took a back seat to his love o "khloend lamar." w khloe kardashian there with him at the hospital tonight. what we're learning as he fights
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finally tonight, heartbreaking new details about what happened at that nevada brothel before former nba champ lamar odom was found unconscious and unresponsive by two of the women at what's called the love ranch. here's abc's linsey davis. >> 911, where is your emergency? >> we need an ambulance. >> reporter: tonight we're hearing the desperate call to authorities for the first time. an employee of a state-licensed nevada brothel fearing for lamar odom's life. >> i need you to hurry, please, because he's got -- blood coming
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out of his nose, white stuff coming out of his mouth, they can't get mill to wake up, he's almost not breathing. >> reporter: the two-time nba champion lamar odom on life support in this las vegas hospital. >> theale had been using cocaine. they also informed dispatch he'd used up to 10 tabs of sexual performance enhancer supplements. >> reporter: odom found unconscious and unresponsive yesterday at the love ranch. brothel owner dens huff said he was told by one of his employees lamar was troubled by a call. >> he did get a call. it seemed to bother him a bit, the girl said. something about him being on the kardrdashian show. and not liking the way he looked or something they said. it upset him. but, you know, the girls worked him through it and an hour later he was drinking his cognac and having a great time and forgot all about it. >> reporter: odom appeared on "keeping up with the kardashians." his relationship with khloe playing out for millions to see. their marriage trouble also
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fodder for the reality show. >> it's not fair that like this is even something that i think anyone has to go through. >> reporter: khloe filed for divorce in 2013. the two kept in touch. khloe often appearing concerned for his well-being. >> i've been trying to call him, his phone's been off for three week sxwlrts lamar is surrounded by people who care abouthim. khloe rushing to his side along with her mother and sister kim kardashian and kobe bryant and reverend jesse jackson. shaquille o'neal sendi a tet #myhearthurts. magic johnson tweeting, i've been praying all morning for my good friend that god will bless him to pull through. for "nightline," i'm linsey davis in new york. >>hank you for watching abc news. tune into "good morning america" tomorrow. and as always we're onli 24/7
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good night, america. the "insider" from hollywood, your 24/7 celebrity conversation. shocking news out of nevada. former nba star l odom found unconscious at a neva brothel. >> my marriage to lamar was, i loved it. >> khloe rushes to her ex's side. >> she's become like the mother lion and wants protect her cub. >> we go inside the kardashian brand built on crisis. >> this family tlivshrives on
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